Finn Allen’s Presence NZ’s Chances
Finn Allen’s positive test for COVID-19 upon his arrival in Dhaka was a setback for the New Zealand second-string team, which was hoping to win the T20I series. Allen had a strike rate of 150 in The Hundred, and he was the x-factor at the top with pitches that were supposed to help the spinners while still challenging the batters.
Allen missed the first two games but had an immediate impact after he was inserted into the starting lineup. After opting to bat in the third T20I, Allen smashed three boundaries in the first eight deliveries of the game to give New Zealand a quick start. New Zealand triumphed by 52 runs, but only after another batting collapse that saw them fall to 62 for 5.
“The way Finn came out yesterday, dominating the attack, it gave the guys a lot of confidence,” Nicholls said. “He doesn’t lack a lot of confidence, which certainly helps. The way he performed in the Super Smash to get his opportunity with the Black Caps, he is full of confidence and has an amazing skill set.
The IPL and England experience certainly enhances that.” New Zealand was down 2-0 going into the third game but came back to tie the game and keep the series alive. Nicholls stated that the objective for the future is to increase the pressure on Bangladesh.
“It is nice to win and keep the series alive. As a group, we are improving every game,” he said. “The conditions have varied in each game, which is another challenge in itself. It is great to see guys learning on the job effectively.
“Tom, as the captain, has been clear with the guys telling them that it is tough but we have to look to find ways to improve. If we keep doing it each game, those results will come. We turned the tables a little bit on Bangladesh. Put them under pressure. It can be tough for them as well.”